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The Future of Lost Continent

ChrisFL

Veteran Member
Jan 31, 2010
1,153
Tampa, FL
I hate to be the naysayer but I was never a big fan of the chocolate factory movies....seemed to be influenced by a bit too many "recreational pharmaceuticals" IMO.
 
Jul 10, 2012
796
Brooklyn NY
I hate to be the naysayer but I was never a big fan of the chocolate factory movies....seemed to be influenced by a bit too many "recreational pharmaceuticals" IMO.
:lol:

I liked the original, but I agree with someone else who said it isn't a hot property right now. I'm not sure if anyone is going to be excited for it.
 

floridakid

Rookie
Jul 13, 2012
289
First off, if they do bring Wonka into the parks to replace LC, they damn well better base it off of Gene Wilder's portrayal of the character. The remake had me gouging my freaking eyes out, I was so let down. Although the movie was a little more aesthetically pleasing, you just can't use Depp's sorry a** version of Willy Wonka. I also love Gene Wilder.

Seconnnnd, should Universal really bring Wonka into Islands? Am I the only one thinking that it sounds utterly terrible? I would literally walk from the edge of Suess Landing back towards the entrance and through Marvel/TL/JP just to get to TWWoHP.

I hate to be so damn pessimistic without even seeing what it would/could look like as a Uni creation because I have a huge amount of faith in UC. Wonka just doesn't seem like a money maker.
 

Disneyhead

Legendary Member
Jul 24, 2008
11,409
Orlando, FL
The pitch I heard is that it would be a HUGE multi-attraction "pavilion" styled of course to the Chocolate Factory itself surrounded by a small British village. There would be The Chocolate River Ferry, Fizzy Lifting Drink Lab, and the Glass Elevator.

Concerning the IP itself, the book is a retelling of Dante's Inferno. Showing the vices of "man" through children. Wonka represents both Virgil and The Ferryman.
 

romo

Member
Mar 1, 2013
625
Space Coast
No matter how grown up we make it sound...I just would not buy a ticket to go see the Chocolate factory.. Mythos and the facade of posidens furry are something grand...Imagine turning that into another seuss land? idk just doesnt make sense to me.
 

Eric

Premium Member
Mar 3, 2010
398
Orlando
No matter how grown up we make it sound...I just would not buy a ticket to go see the Chocolate factory.. Mythos and the facade of posidens furry are something grand...Imagine turning that into another seuss land? idk just doesnt make sense to me.
I find what Disneyhead is throwing is much more appealing. As much as I like the Lost Continent area, it truly has just become the transition to "Harry Potter World." Most guests have no clue what Mythos or Poseidons Fury is.

I personally think it would be a great addition that would add value to both children and parents. They can both relate and it would provide experiences for everyone with no height requirement (what Uni desperately needs). Even if families don't buy tickets simply for a Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, it helps satisfy their day in the parks and keeps them coming back.
 

andrew

Newcomer
Jul 18, 2012
87
No matter how grown up we make it sound...I just would not buy a ticket to go see the Chocolate factory.. Mythos and the facade of posidens furry are something grand...Imagine turning that into another seuss land? idk just doesnt make sense to me.
But who buys a ticket specifically for Mythos and the facade of Poseidon's Fury?

People who come to the parks will go to whatever is put there, and if it is Wonka-themed, will buy food/beverages themed to the land. UO is making a lot of money that way.
 

IzzyB

Premium Member
May 23, 2010
3,996
Orlando, FL
OK, with what DH said, it is more suited for LC. I could see that working because the British village would be a good transition and not be too suess like since the crazy parts will be in a building and not outside. I see the food being a hit, but not sure that merchandise would sell. I don't know that it is a popular enough brand. I mean I know people who are really into the original movie (my husband), but I don't see it a draw. I see them marketing like Simpson, won't bring people in, but once in they will spend more money.
 

badlactose

Rookie
Mar 9, 2012
493
Toronto
The pitch I heard is that it would be a HUGE multi-attraction "pavilion" styled of course to the Chocolate Factory itself surrounded by a small British village. There would be The Chocolate River Ferry, Fizzy Lifting Drink Lab, and the Glass Elevator.

Concerning the IP itself, the book is a retelling of Dante's Inferno. Showing the vices of "man" through children. Wonka represents both Virgil and The Ferryman.
Wow, that sounds pretty exciting. And these attractions would suddenly up the 'family ride quotient' at IOA by a lot. And like Izzy said, the British village would fit perfectly next to Hogsmeade.
 
Jul 10, 2012
796
Brooklyn NY
But who buys a ticket specifically for Mythos and the facade of Poseidon's Fury?
Well, Mythos was rated the #1 theme park restaurant for quite a few years. I don't purchase a ticket JUST for Mythos, but it is a big part of my day.

I see the food being a hit, but not sure that merchandise would sell. I don't know that it is a popular enough brand.
Does merchandise also include candy? The Toys R Us in Times Square has an entire Willy Wonka section that seems pretty successful.



 

UNIrd

Premium Member
Jul 18, 2008
6,409
That just looks like any candy store. Although the Willy Wonka idea is great, I don't think everyone here is giving Lost Continent enough credit. It's not just a transition to Harry Potter. It's still got a decent footprint with great theming, Poseidon's Fury, a show, one of the best theme park restaurants in the world, other eateries, shops, etc. They'd be removing quite a bit here.
 

shiekra38

Legendary Member
Dec 13, 2009
13,869
Florida
The pitch I heard is that it would be a HUGE multi-attraction "pavilion" styled of course to the Chocolate Factory itself surrounded by a small British village. There would be The Chocolate River Ferry, Fizzy Lifting Drink Lab, and the Glass Elevator.

Concerning the IP itself, the book is a retelling of Dante's Inferno. Showing the vices of "man" through children. Wonka represents both Virgil and The Ferryman.
You had me at British Villiage...there are a lot of possibilities with that as well

and who dosen't love candy?
 

mahnamahna

Member
Feb 3, 2013
724
But remember, this is all strictly blue sky/rumor at this point. But I have heard that it has been discussed. As far as I know they still haven't nailed down the KidZone redo IPs yet and this would come after that.
Wonka would be a lot better than what's there right now
Add a nice Omnimover where Poseidon is
Put a ToT-style Glass Elevator ride where Sinbad is
Throw in a flat ride or a show and this would actually be a draw for IOA if you ask me!!

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The pitch I heard is that it would be a HUGE multi-attraction "pavilion" styled of course to the Chocolate Factory itself surrounded by a small British village. There would be The Chocolate River Ferry, Fizzy Lifting Drink Lab, and the Glass Elevator.

Concerning the IP itself, the book is a retelling of Dante's Inferno. Showing the vices of "man" through children. Wonka represents both Virgil and The Ferryman.
The Chocolate River Ferry (family boat ride)
Fizzy Lifting Drink Lab (interactive show?)
Glass Elevator (ToT style thrill ride?)

Sounds perfect to me!! This definitely shows that Comcast wants to be in league with Disney for the family market
 

AK-Jake

Premium Member
Mar 25, 2013
444
Alaska
I like the idea of a Wonkaland. Depending on how they did it, I could see this being a very popular family area...despite what we might think right now. I also don't really expect them to build it, either. Neat concept though. Thanks for sharing, DH!